"I think he'll come home, he's a homeboy. It's not true that I don't play him (at all)". In fact, Bale himself, had provided a huge boost for the rumour mill ahead of the Bayern game, by admitting the possibility of his departure.
"You can never rule out anything in football", Bale told the German newspaper Bild.
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"The fans have always been behind the team and we want them there more than ever before to help us make it to the final". It's an honour for everyone to be linked with this club.
Bale was only handed 45 minutes across the two legs of Real Madrid's Champions League quarter-final with Juventus and was left frustrated once again last night. When Gary Lineker judged Bale among the ten best British players of all time past year, it was taken as a statement of fact.
For all of the fine start provided by Bale, who bicycle-kicked the opener after Karim Benzema's initial effort had deflected into his path, Real were made to work overtime for their three points.
According to a report in Don Balon both players are now available for €70m (£61.1m), news which will nearly certainly attract the attention of the three Premier League teams linked with their signature.